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4 days ago
cosmicrat commented on a blog post

I don't see the issue with the commercial, but I haven't heard the arguments from those who opposed it.  I can imagine that someone who had recently lost a parent might find it depressing, or feel that it was exploiting grief.  Though McDonald's didn't intend or anticipate that reaction, it probably wasn't a hard decision to discontinue it once they were told that it displeased even a small number of potential customers.

In the past we had little effective say in how companies advertised.  Even if one were annoyed enough to write to them, there was no way of knowing how many others felt  the same way.  Now communication can go both ways; we can organize on the internet and obligate the advertiser to listen.  Though we may not agree with every objection, it is good that we can do that

4 days ago
9 days ago
cosmicrat commented on a blog post

So what's the meaning of your title?

9 days ago
22 days ago
cosmicrat commented on a blog post

I think you meant the Emancipation Proclamation, which, by Executive Order, freed the slaves in the states and areas under rebellion, which he had the authority to do, but in states not at war with the Union, legislation was needed, specifically the 13th Amendment.  The Gettysburg Address was 10 months later, a short but eloquent eulogy.

Native Americans, in today's terms, would have been labeled "terrorists" whenever they fought to protect their lands and people.  Labels differ by point of view.  It is good to understand both sides of any conflict instead of generalizing and assuming the worst about them.


Weapons of Mass Distraction Who used poison gas in Syria? The answer depends on who you ask. No side of the question has any
22 days ago
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